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2011 Apparel Executive Forum


Monday, October 3, 2011 / Arrival Day
3:00 - 7:00 pm Registration Open
4:30 - 5:30 pm Apparel Editorial Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception
Evening Sponsor Networking Dinners
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 / Opening Day
7:30 am - 6:30 pm Registration Open
7:30  - 8:15 am Networking Breakfast
8:15 - 8:20 am Day One Opening Remarks
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
8:20 - 9:10 am Opening Keynote
Inside the (Very Cool) Under Armour House

Speaker: Joseph (Jody) Giles, Chief Information Officer, Under Armour Inc.

In just 15 years Under Armour has risen from humble beginnings to a near $1 billion sports mega-brand, competing with the likes of Nike and adidas. CIO Jody Giles takes us inside the Under Armour "House" to understand how its company philosophy of making all athletes better through passion, science and the relentless pursuit of innovation carries over into every aspect of the company's strategy, operations and future vision.
9:15 - 9:55 am General Session #1
The R.G. Barry Story: Growing Through Innovative Management

Speaker: Greg A. Tunney, President, CEO & Director, R.G. Barry Corporation

R.G. Barry consistently has been among the most-recognized and best-performing publicly-owned footwear and accessories suppliers in North America for the past five years. In the past year alone, under the direction of president and CEO Greg Tunney, the company has completed two strategic business acquisitions that have transformed it from a one-dimensional, modest-growth footwear company into a multi-dimensional, growing provider of functional, fashionable accessory products. Hear how Greg's commitment to organizational development and operational excellence has created a cultural reinvigoration at R.G. Barry and set it on a path for continued growth and success.
9:55 - 10:20 am Networking Break
10:20 - 11:00 am General Session #2
Brands Gone Global: Insights on International Retail

Speaker: George Santacroce, CEO, Global Market Solutions
Apparel retail veteran George Santacroce draws on an executive career spanning from Yves St Laurent Men’s and Bergdorf Goodman to Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Bahama Retail and Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Co. Ltd. to advise firms on branding, business concept development, retail management and more in international markets. In this candid, highly informative and sometimes humorous presentation, Santacroce will share his recent experience in opening three luxury apparel retail stores in India which feature more than 40 brands, many from the United States and Europe making their debut in India.    
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Naked Workshops

First Round of Workshops: 11:05 - 11:45a
Second Round of Workshops: 11:50a - 12:30p

Three 40-minute, concurrent workshops will each be presented twice, allowing attendees to choose two of the workshops in which to participate.

WORKSHOP #1: Analytics Comes to Merchandising
Leader: Chris Devous, Director of IT, The Antigua Group

Merchandising and assortment planning can be a complex puzzle for retailers tailoring their plans to such factors as varying store sizes and formats and different regions, climates and fashion trends — to say nothing of competitors. This session will examine how business analytics can contribute to more accurate and productive planning and buying, as well as a sharper strategic focus on decision-making for the near- and far-term.

WORKSHOP #2: PLM: What's Next?
Leader: Bob Stevens, Sr. Director of Design & Pre-Production, The Jones Group

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is delivering solid results for both retailers and brands in terms of improving product design and supply chain synchronization,  managing costs and more. So what’s next? This workshop will examine a variety of ways that PLM is evolving and how new tools and applications will expand its scope. Topics will include mobility, the connection to sourcing, the integration of virtual prototyping tools and more.

WORKSHOP #3: The Convergence of E-Commerce & Social Media
Leader: Mark Fiske, Director of Business Development, Gap Inc.

As e-commerce sales continue on a sharp upward path and social media expands at a dizzying pace, retailers and brands are challenged how to effectively use the two in concert to interact directly with consumers in a meaningful context. From social shopping and gaming to Facebook marketing and building an online community, this workshop will explore practical ideas and benchmarks to help firms excel in the new customer-centric retail reality.
12:30 - 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon
1:35 - 3:30 pm 1:1 Meetings
Attendees have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with sponsors of the Forum. Attendees may request up to 4 meetings at 25 minutes each.
Session 1:  1:35 – 2:00p
Session 2:  2:05 – 2:30p
Session 3:  2:35 – 3:00p
Session 4:  3:05 – 3:30p
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Cocktail Reception
Evening Sponsor Dinners
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 / Closing Day
7:30 - 11:10 am Registration Open
7:30 - 8:30 am Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 am Day Two Opening Remarks
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
8:35 - 9:25 am Day Two Keynote
For ModCloth, It's a Mod, Mod World

Speaker: Kerry Whorton Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, ModCloth

When two 17-year-olds teamed up in 2002 to sell vintage clothing online, who knew they would become an entrepreneurial dynamic duo? Today ModCloth is a quickly growing online retailer to watch. This inspirational session will explore how ModCloth has created success via its deep dedication to customer engagement and social media. Learn how ModCloth wants to fundamentally change the industry by democratizing fashion and building a social shopping community that empowers both indie designers and customers. 
9:30 - 10:10 am General Session #3
Real-World RFID

Moderator: Jennifer Pritchard, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

1) Frank Cassara, Sr. Vice President & Director of Retail Operations, JCPenney Company Inc.
2) Kevin McIntosh, Director, Systems Development and Delivery, Chicos FAS Inc.

While major retailers are gearing up for RFID item-level tagging in a big, public way, specialty apparel retailers are on a parallel, but much quieter quest. In this timely session, retail executives will share how RFID can contribute to an improved shopping experience, as well as create cost savings across the entire supply chain. This session will include a sneak preview of results from Apparel's 5th Annual RFID Report.
10:10 - 10:30 am Networking Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:10 am General Session #4
Global Trade: An Outlook for Executives

Speaker: Jonathan M. Fee, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
International trade expert Jon Fee offers a lively and up-to-the minute executive-level overview of the global issues apparel brands and retailers will want to keep on their radars. He’ll provide practical insights on what can be expected in both the short- and long-term with regard to preferential trade programs, free trade agreements and U.S. trade legislation — and an analysis of what it all means for the apparel industry. 
11:10 - 11:15 am Closing Comments & Adjourn
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
11:15 am  Apparel's 2011 Executive Forum Concludes